June 28, 1914 – December 2, 2012
Vernon “Shorty” Burger, age 98, of Centerville, Iowa, died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at his home in Centerville. He was born the son of John Irvin and Minnie Rosetta (Miles) Burger on June 28, 1914 near Udell, Iowa. He attended the Udell Consolidated Community School.
On September 8, 1936, Shorty was united in marriage to Beulah Powell in Unionville, Iowa. He was a farmer in the Udell, Iowa area for many years as well as a Livestock Trucker. He was a member of the Fairview Church of the Brethren near Unionville, Iowa since the age of 9 years old. Shorty and Beulah always opened their home to many friends and family. After retirement, he enjoyed his livestock and taking Beulah fishing. The joy of his heart was singing. He brought a song to many in the Long Term Care unit at Mercy Medical Center until he was 96.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Beulah Burger on March 3, 2009; son, David Burger; a brother, Clifford Burger on March 25, 2010; half-brother, Merle L. Burger; half-sister in infancy; and a great grandson, Jacob Hodges.
Shorty is survived by: his sons: Ronald M. and his wife, Ruth Burger of Centerville, Iowa, Richard D. and his wife, Shelley Burger of Moulton, Iowa, Dwayne I. and his wife, Sheila Burger of Gladstone, Missouri and Robert L. and his wife, Bernice Burger of Irvington, Alabama; daughters, Ramona M. Hafar of Centerville, Iowa and Linda Hodges of Columbia, Missouri; a adopted son, Fred Nungesser and his wife, Sybille of Zimmerman, Minnesota; a brother, Richard A. Burger and his wife, Ann of Moravia, Iowa; and a sister, Melba M. Parris of Sandy Hills, Maryland; nineteen grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 am on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville, Iowa with Ken Martin officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery south of Unionville, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 1 pm until 8 pm at the funeral home with the family present from 6 pm until at 8 pm.
Memorial can be made to the Fairview Cemetery Association and can be left at the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home have been entrusted with the services and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.comInformation provided by: Schmidt Family Funeral Home 501 North 18th Street Centerville, Iowa 52544 641.856.8661 www.schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com